Competition for the most anti-Israel campus in America is, sadly, fierce. Intellectually homogeneous faculties regularly persecute dissenters, including both supporters of Israel and politically neutral scholars who simply want to read, write, and teach. In an exposé of the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU published today at The American Spectator, Campus Watch Fellow A.J. Caschetta places the race to the bottom in context.
New York University is no longer content to be the second most important anti-Zionist campus in New York City. Columbia University, with its Center for Palestine Studies, has first place locked up. But lately my alma mater has accelerated its anti-Israel activism in an apparent attempt to out-Palestine Columbia, albeit with a cast of lesser-known BDS ideologues.
Columbia has earned the appellation "Ramallah on the Hudson," but NYU is working overtime to become the Gaza of Greenwich Village.
At the core of NYU's transformation is the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, the central hub connecting over a dozen other departments, initiatives, projects, centers, and clubs that demonize Israel and rationalize Palestinian and Iranian atrocities.
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